The unfolding seasons set the pace for a succession of small vignettes of the lives and deaths of the inhabitants of a...

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YEAR ON MUSKRAT MARSH

The unfolding seasons set the pace for a succession of small vignettes of the lives and deaths of the inhabitants of a Minnesota marsh. Freschet's crisp, resonant imagery makes every observation stunning -- from the day-to-day pleasure of a bullfrog sunning on an old log to a sudden wood mouse tragedy ending in ""a few grey hairs, three tiny red spots, and the mark of an owl's wing tips."" Parnall's fine line drawings are beautifully precise and impressive in their incorporation of page space into striking designs, and the mood of tranquility is enhanced by the tasteful reproduction in tones of brown. An elegant accomplishment, really -- though perhaps mature attention spans will be most receptive to its unfocused, subdued delicacy.

Pub Date: April 15, 1974

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: 56

Publisher: Scribners

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 1974